The Best of NYC in a Weekend

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New York City on a weekend is an experience like no other. The hustle and bustle, the vibrant energy and the endless possibilities make it a destination that capture the hearts of millions. We landed at JFK airport, we took the AirTrain that connect to other subways to reach our hotel located in Manhattan (an efficient and cost-effective option). We knew that our adventure was about to begin.

Our accommodation for the weekend was The Cloud One Hotel, a modern and stylish establishment located in the heart of Manhattan. With its convenient location, we were just steps away from some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks and attractions.

To start our day off right, we decided to grab breakfast from a convenience store nearby. New York City is known for its fast-paced lifestyle, and grabbing a quick bite from one of these stores seemed like the perfect way to fuel ourselves for the day ahead. With our coffee in hand and a bagel in tow, we were ready to explore all that this city had to offer.

Our first stop was the World Trade Center site, where we paid our respects at the 9/11 Memorial. The sheer magnitude of emotions that inundate us as we stood there was indescribable. It served as a reminder of resilience in the face of adversity and left us with a profound sense of gratitude.

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Next on our list was exploring the Oculus at World Trade Center. This architectural marvel not only serves as a transportation center but also houses a bunch of retail stores and dining options. Its futuristic design left us in awe as we walked through its corridors. Lose yourself in the middle of luxury brands or simply soak up the atmosphere as you explore this modern masterpiece. For lunch, we decided to grab food from the city’s famous food trucks. We got Indian food, the famous chicken kabab with rice.

As we made our way towards Brooklyn Bridge, we couldn’t help but marvel at its majestic beauty against the backdrop of Manhattan’s skyline. Walking across this iconic bridge felt like stepping into history itself – it connected two boroughs while offering breathtaking views along the way.

Our journey then led us through China Town and Little Italy, where vibrant colors filled every corner and tantalizing aromas wafted through narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants. We couldn’t resist indulging in some authentic Chinese and Italian cuisine, immersing ourselves in the diverse flavors that New York City had to offer. And we also tried the famous Italian gelatos, if you are in Little Italy you should get one of this, you won’t regret it.

No visit to New York City would be complete without a trip to Times Square. The dazzling lights, towering billboards, and bustling crowds created an electrifying atmosphere that was impossible to ignore. We soaked in the energy of this iconic landmark, feeling like we were part of something truly extraordinary.

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Next morning, we woke up around 6:30 am and again, we decided to grab breakfast from a convenience store nearby. This time we got coffee and croissant with egg and cheese. After breakfast, we were ready to explore the city again. This time we started with a visit to Grand Central Terminal was a must on our itinerary. This architectural gem stood as a testament to New York City’s rich history and served as a gateway for commuters and travelers alike. Its grandeur left us in awe, reminding us of the city’s constant motion and ever-evolving nature.

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit The Summit One Vanderbilt, an observation deck that offered panoramic views of the city from above. Standing on top of this skyscraper, we felt like we were on top of the world, taking in the breathtaking sights that stretched as far as the eye could see. A big tip for you is to book your tickets in advance, at least one week before your trip to NYC. Also, book your tickets for the first time available in the morning, if you prefer a less crowded experience.

After visiting The Summit One Vanderbilt, we continuous walking down towards 5th Avenue allowed us to immerse ourselves in luxury and glamour. The high-end shops and designer boutiques showcased New York City’s status as a fashion capital. We couldn’t resist window shopping along this famed street, dreaming of one day indulging in its opulence.

Then, we made our way to Bryant Park. This park provided a serene oasis in the middle of the urban jungle. With its lush greenery, peaceful atmosphere, and occasional live performances, it offered a much-needed break from the city’s frenetic pace. We took a moment to relax and recharge before continuing our exploration.

Afterwards, we went to visit Rockefeller Center, it was summer when we visit NYC, but if you visit the big apple during Christmas time you will see its iconic ice skating rink and Christmas tree. This iconic landmark epitomized holiday cheer while serving as home to NBC Studios and offering breathtaking views from its observation deck – Top of the Rock.

If you’re looking for some spiritual comfort in the middle of the hustle and bustle, make sure to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This amazing architectural masterpiece is not only a place of worship but also serves as an oasis of tranquility during the chaos of city life. We step inside and let ourselves be enveloped by the serenity that invade this sacred space.

Later, we made our way to Central Park. This park is a beloved oasis in the heart of New York City, offering a multitude of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Walking through this iconic park is a delightful experience that allows us to immerse ourselves in its natural beauty and vibrant atmosphere.

As we walked along the winding pathways, we encountered a wide range of entertainment and cultural offerings. We found from talented musicians playing their melodies to captivating art installations dotting the landscape, there was always something that capture our attention and enhance our experience. We also saw that people can rent a rowboat on the lake, do cycling along the scenic paths, or enjoy a spin on the iconic Central Park Carousel. Before heading to our next destination, we couldn’t resist indulging in a slice of NYC’s famous pizza near Central Park. With its delicious thin crust, flavorful sauce, and gooey cheese, it was the perfect quick and satisfying meal to fuel us for the next leg of our adventure.

Next, we went to take the trail tram in Roosevelt Island offers a unique and exciting way to witness the breathtaking views from above. As you soar through the air, the stunning scenery unfolds before your eyes, creating an unforgettable experience. The panoramic vistas that can be seen from the tram provide a remarkable perspective of Roosevelt Island and its surroundings.

So, if you’re looking for a thrilling and picturesque way to take in the beauty of Roosevelt Island, jump on the trail tram and prepare to be amazed. The stunning views from the air and the total enjoyment of the experience are bound to leave you with cherished memories for years to come. Here is a tip for you: a single ride on the trail tram costs $2.90, which is a reasonable price for the unique experience it provides. However, if you have an Unlimited MetroCard or a Weekly Pass, you’ll be delighted to know that the trail tram ride is completely FREE! 

To cap off our weekend in New York City, we decided to take the ferry to Staten Island (It’s FREE!, yes you read right is FREE!). As we sailed across the harbor, the Statue of Liberty stood tall and proud, reminding us of the rich history and symbolism of the United States. The ferry ride provided us with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and the bustling harbor, creating a sense of awe and wonder. Upon reaching Staten Island, we had the opportunity to explore its charming neighborhoods and experience a different side of New York City. We strolled along the waterfront promenade, taking in the picturesque views and enjoying the fresh sea breeze. The visit to Staten Island was the perfect way to conclude our weekend adventure, leaving us with lasting memories of the beauty and diversity of this incredible city.

Finally, As evening falls upon the city that never sleeps, we made our way to one of New York’s legendary bars. Next to our hotel, it was O’Hara’s Restaurant and Pub, during the tragic events of 9/11, the Irish pub’s structure suffered significant damage, the restaurant had to be closed for months. Today, its interior is adorned with patches representing fire departments from around the globe, serving as a tribute to the firefighters who valiantly served and made sacrifices in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. If you are in NYC, please visit this restaurant. The people and atmosphere is amazing! We highly recommend this pub (we went to this pub the 2 nights we were in NYC).

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